Thursday, August 27, 2009

Learn About Nanotech

UAlbany NanoCollege and CDTA Partner to Display Educational Nanotechnology Exhibit at Rensselaer Rail Station (duplicate press release at New Energy New York)

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany and the Capital District Transportation Authority ("CDTA") are partnering to publicize the global leadership of the UAlbany NanoCollege and New York State in nanotechnology - as well as the growing impact of nanoscale technologies in the 21st century - through a unique exhibit now on display at the Rensselaer Rail Station [525 East Street, Rensselaer, NY].

The exhibit - which incorporates high-tech items from CNSE's world-class Albany NanoTech Complex, such as silicon wafers, computer chips and biochips, and solar and fuel cells with nanotechnology-enabled consumer products, including an Xbox, iPod Touch, clothing and cosmetics - will be located through September at CDTA's Rensselaer Rail Station, the 10th-busiest station in the country, serving more than 830,000 people last year.

Other local learning opportunities include RPI's animated planetarium show Molecularium, Riding Snowflakes at the Children's Musem of Science and Technology [250 Jordan Road, Troy]. A new Molecularium show (Molecules to the Max in 3D) will be released in IMAX format this fall.

To see more real-world applications of nanotechnology, check out the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, which maintains inventories of nanotech-based products. Here's a snapshot from their interactive NanoMetro Map of nano-related research and industry.
Nanotechnology Map Highlights: The top 4 states overall (each with over 75 entries) are California, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas.

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